A 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly abused sexually by her father, was rescued by a team of officials and NGO volunteers on Sunday.
Sources said that the girl, a resident of Watrap near Srivilliputhur, was rescued by Trust for Education and Social Transformation (TEST), a non-governmental organisation, and the anti-human trafficking wing.
The victim Sumathi (name changed), a 10th standard student, was abused in her house by her father. When her mother learnt about this, she warned her husband Selvam and contacted the members of the TEST. On being alerted by TEST, personnel from the anti-human trafficking wing went to the house and rescued Sumathi. Then, they sent her to a home at Srivilliputhur. The officials learnt also from Sumathi’s mother that Sumathi was sexually harassed by her father four times.
Meanwhile, a member of Child Welfare Committee from Srivilliputhur Joseph Raj said that officials would hold an inquiry with Sumathi. “After this, we will inform about this issue to the Superintendent of Police and a case would be registered against Sumathi’s father Selvam,” he added.
When contacted, the Superintendent of Police S Maheswaran said that the members of the Child Welfare Committee would submit a report after conducting investigations. Based on the report, a case would be registered under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and stringent actions would be taken against the accused.
Similarly, the TEST on Sunday received information about a 12-year-old girl Nila (name changed) of Rajapalayam being sexually harassed by her father Suresh. Investigations are on.